The Holy Month of Ramadan is almost upon us, and with it comes experiencing the different Iftar tents set up all across Doha in almost every single hotel in the state. This was my first time trying out Iftar at The Grand Hyatt, and it’s surely up there among the best Iftar buffets in town. Starting from the first day of Ramadan, Iftar will be served at The Grill restaurant everyday evening right up till Eid, with a special Ramadanak tent prepared adjacent to the restaurant for tea and shisha.
What’s different about The Grand Hyatt’s Iftar is that The Grill has retained its open kitchen concept, giving a more modern feel to the dining experience. They’ve kept traditional decorating quite simplistic in the dining area. You can, however, enjoy the gorgeous Arabic style set up in the bottom foyer of the hotel and outside in the Ramadanak tent. The spread in the restaurant though, would delight absolutely anyone as there are choices for every type of palate, including lots of vegetarian options. International and Arabic dishes, all fresh and deliciously laid out in respective sections.
As soon as you take a look around, if you’re like me, make a bee line for the fresh seafood bar. I’m always quite iffy about fresh seafood laid out for a while, as they always end up tasting quite rubbery and not so appetizing. But these jumbo shrimp were amazing and I was happily surprised with how good the octopus was. Perfectly poached with a nice chew to it. Lots of different sauces and aiolis to choose from as well.
The salad station is fresh and plentiful. I tried some of the mix it yourself Caesar salad and it was delicious, even down to the type of anchovies, which were a top notch quality. Un-pungent and quite tasty.
Of course there were many Arabic choices of starters and mains. Hot fatayer and sambousik pastries, lentil soup, mezzas and the piece de resistance of the room, a massive platter of stuffed lamb Ouzi and rice.
Grilled meats and roasts were abundant, as well as lamb tajine and cous cous. Be sure to also try their pan roasted Salmon with fennel and artichokes, totally scrumptious.
For the Asian options, there are Thai and Indian sections. Both with live cooking stations, serving up tantalizing curry noodle soups with fresh rice noodles and savory, crispy dosas with potato masala filling. Heaven!
What really takes the cake though (pun intended) were the desserts. An overwhelming amount of sweet treats, that would entice anyone, even without any kind of sweet tooth. There’s something for everybody. Little cakes, pies, mousses, baklavas galore and two types of chocolate fountains, golly! Kunafa and Oum Ali and rice pudding. An ice cream cart with waffle cones and many different kinds of toppings, this place knows how to do dessert right.
And all of that mentioned above is only the half of it. So do make sure to experience this Ramadan’s delights at The Grand Hyatt’s Ramadanak.
Until next time and another food review.
Bon Appetit X Priscilla Emmanuelle
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